AJC Chicago and North Shore Congregation Israel are pleased to welcome Dr. Bernice A. King, Chief Executive Officer of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center), as the featured guest for the 2021 Davis Family Forum. Dr. King will join Rabbi Wendi Geffen in a conversation around The Journey of Black-Jewish Relations, including the legacy of this relationship and where we go from here.
Dr. Bernice A. King is a global thought leader, orator, peace advocate, and CEO of the King Center, which was founded by her mother, Coretta Scott King. From this position, the same one held by her mother, Dr. King continues to advance her parents’ legacy of Kingian Nonviolence, which she re-branded Nonviolence365™️.
Through her work at the Center, she educates youth and adults around the world about the nonviolent principles modeled by her parents. Under her leadership, the Center has implemented numerous initiatives, such as the annual Camp N.O.W. Leadership Academy, Nonviolence365 Trainings and The Beloved Community Talks, just to name a few.
She graduated from Spelman College with a BA in Psychology and from Emory University, with a Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Law. She also received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Wesley College. A member of the State Bar of Georgia, a trained Mediator, a member of the International Women’s Forum, the National Council of Negro Women and the 2020 Class of Leadership Atlanta. Just recently Dr King was honored by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation with the Co-Chair Phoenix Award. A noted author, she has to her credit, ‘Hard Questions, Heart Answers,’ a compelling and inspiring book.
Dr. King is an innovative leader dedicated to taking her parents’ legacy and teachings, The King Center, and the work of creating a more peaceful, just, humane world with Nonviolence365 into a new era.